Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

Cooked up some pecan crusted pork tenderloins the other day and served them with some grilled sweet potato wedges, tossed in a maple – cinnamon glaze.  This is a super easy recipe and a healthy, yummy side to serve with all kinds of main dishes.  One thing I want to point out is these are supposed to be soft and have a char-grilled/smokey flavor, so if you’re looking for something super crispy and lacking the kick you’ll get from grilling over a charcoal bed and potentially a little smokewood, then this isn’t the recipe for you 🙂  I’ve got a video below that walks you through how I do these.  Enjoy!!

Ingredients

4 sweet potatoes
6 Tbsp vegetable oil
6 tsp pure maple syrup (use the good stuff if you have it, but it will still taste good if you use the cheap stuff)
1 tsp cinnamon
Salt & Pepper

Instructions

Get a pot of salted water boiling.  While waiting on the water to boil, peel the 4 sweet potatoes, then cut into thick wedges (think thick cut french fries, but even bigger…).  Once the water is boiling, toss the potato wedges in a boil for 4-5 mins.  Don’t boil longer than this b/c you just want them slightly soft.  Next time I cook these I’m actually only going to let them boil for more like 3 1/2 min.  While they’re boiling, get a large bowl of cold water ready in the sink.  Once the timer goes off, dump the wedges into a strainer, let them drain for just 15 seconds or so then get them straight into the cold water.  The cold water stops the cooking process and you want that to happen b/c if not the wedges will be too mushy.  At some point during all of this you will want to mix together the vegetable oil, maple syrup and cinnamon into a small bowl.  After the wedges have sat in the cold water bath for 3-4 min, dump then in a strainer to drain for a bit then return them to a large bowl and toss w/ the maple – cinnamon glaze.  Throw them on a hot grill (most likely need to use a vegetable grill basket like I do in my video below) for 7-10 minutes.  It doesn’t take much to get a nice char on them.  Once they look good, pull them and serve them immediately b/c they will cool down very fast.

Finished product right off the grill.

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Maple Cinnamon Glaze

Here’s the video from start to finish.

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